Find Waldo in Mt. Vernon

June 18, 2019

By Tina Suarez-

Iconic children’s book character continues to create summertime fun to support the shop local movement

Where’s Waldo? In Mt. Vernon, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including King City Books, Byrd Watson and Watt’s Up. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “ Find Waldo Local in Mt. Vernon!” passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging , Waldo’s nemesis, Odlaw, will also be hiding in King City Books. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 31 with the top prize being a copy of Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!, a tribute to Waldo’s many decades of wandering.

Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980’s, and since then they have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves. There are now over 72 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they have been translated into over thirty languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo.

Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and two hundred and fifty independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Mt. Vernon, call King City Books at 618-315-6774.

Well, everyone, doesn’t this sound like so much fun! Also, you will be supporting local businesses. Mt. Vernon has many unique businesses that maybe many people have not been in. Now is the time. And what a family friendly activity. A great way to spend some quality time with your family.